Cataract (kat-uh-rakt)

Cataract (kat-uh-rakt)

What is a Cataract?A cataract is a clouding or opacity in the lens of the eye

Depending upon the size of the cataract, it can diminish normal vision

The clouding process is a result of changes in the proteins and lens fibers in the eye

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Cataracts usually form rather slowly, so the symptoms my slowly progress over time

Blurred or hazy vision

Reduced color vision

Increased difficulty seeing at night

Change in prescription

Increased complaints of glare when driving at night

How Common are Cataracts?

Cataracts are very common as you age and cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure performed in the world!

What Causes Cataracts?

Most cataracts form as a result of age and time

Other possible causes of cataracts include diabetes, certain medications, UV radiation, smoking, alcohol and nutritional deficiency

Some infants or young children can develop cataracts, but this is very rare

The cause is usually genetics or infection during pregnancy

When do Cataracts Occur?

Most cataracts develop in people over the age of 55

Occasionally they occur in very young children

How are Cataracts Diagnosed?

Diagnosing cataracts begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare

During this exam, your doctor uses multiple tests to evaluate the presence of a cataract

This may include evaluation of the lens and other supplemental testing

How are Cataracts Treated?

There are some approaches to try and prevent cataract formation.

This includes: Wearing sunglasses

Discontinuing smoking

Increasing the intake of antioxidant vitamins in the diet

Eating lots of leafy green vegetables

Treating cataracts depends on the severity and progression of the cataract. Cataract surgery is the most common treatment and it is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world! Cataract Resources National Institute of Health: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp

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